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FFA members participate in leadership career development

The South Dakota FFA Association hosted 512 FFA members from across South Dakota on Dec. 8-9, in Pierre at the 2013 State FFA Leadership Career Development events.

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Winning teams and individuals will advance to compete in their Career Development event at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., next fall.

These area students/teams placed in the following competitions:

Prepared Public Speaking, (6 to 8 minute prepared ag oriented speech and answers five minutes of related questions): Silver: Cooper Eliason, Howard; Kaley Nolz, Mitchell; Bronze: Logan Hoffman, Bridgewater-Emery.

Extemporaneous Public Speaking: (4 to 6 minutes unrehearsed speech written and presented onsite): Gold: Shelby Riggs, Mitchell; Bronze: Andrew Streff, McCook Central.

Job Interview: (complete job application, write letter of application, do job interview and write follow-up letter.) Bronze: Lisa Smith, Kimball.

Ag Sales: (team members develop strategy for selling pre-determined products to specific customers). Individual awards: Silver: Jim Ellsworth, Chamberlain; Brandon Houska, Chamberlain; Bronze: Adam Eichacker, McCook. Teams: Silver, Mitchell.

Junior Conduct of Meetings: (Freshmen present a mock FFA meeting). Gold: McCook Central

Marketing Plan: (determine need, and create strategy for marketing a new ag product or company to fill need). Silver: Mitchell; Bronze: McCook Central.

Ag Issues: (3 to 7 member team discuss pros and cons of major ag issue facing their area). Bronze: Howard (tie with Viborg-Hurley)

Ag Broadcasting/Journalism: (students have 30 minutes to prepare five minute ag radio newscast and “air” it). Silver: Jenna Skinner.

Ag Communications: (teams play role of communications consultants to develop and present a media plan for an assigned scenario). Silver: McCook Central.

-Source: South Dakota FFA Association